Yochai Benkler is co-director and faculty for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as well as the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. He earned his LL.B from Tel-Aviv University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
His research explores commons-based efforts such as Wikipedia, Creative Commons, MOOCs and open source applications to manage resources using networked environments. His book, The Wealth of Networks, published under a Creative Commons license, investigates the transformative potential of such open and free sharing of information and resources, as well as the peer networks that develop in such environments. He suggests in that work that by abolishing ownership of ideas through patents and copyrights, innovation would be unfettered and the economic inefficiencies plaguing the system today would disappear.
He has also had his eye on current events. In 2018, he collaborated with colleagues Robert Faris and Hal Roberts to write Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation and Radicalization in American Politics, in which they examine the political climate existing in America in the past several years. Benkler is also credited with being the first to use the descriptive word ‘jalt’, which is a combination of jealousy and altruism among research subjects.
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Yochai Benkler is an Israeli-American author and the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. He is also a faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.Source: Wikipedia
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